Futurist Cinema

71 Lime Street,
Liverpool, L1 1JQ

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Eric Evans
Eric Evans on December 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I’ve uploaded my latest photo of the Futurist which I took today. Thought for a second it had reopened with ‘The Day Of The Triffids’ with all the plants that’s growing out of the building.I visit Liverpool at least once a year,and it looks worse every time. Please just click on Photos.

keiths
keiths on November 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16640632@N03/9444882991/in/photolist-foBuEc-8xh2Kr-hnMme7-ejtT8X-hnM5mX-hnMnyw-hgKjtd-hgL6cd-hnM8T7-hgKcGu-hnMxdm-hgKuTc-hgJVvR-hnLWKz-hgK4cn-hgLVwM-hnM66U-hgL6Ha-hnMgYA-hnNkzi-hnLMM4-hnMaTj-hnLFqr-dCrzv8-9S9JSi-de5BPL-9Le3hX-9WtFMJ-bnUn4n-8GgUGt-9feDwb-dWe2wD-dAiko2-8BgjrJ-7BreYh-8pcznL-8DVqu4-8xk4ho-bAF7VS-hnMFyQ-hgKcep-hnLKST-hnNkiM-hnMnsw-gKSKBe-hgLrzz-hgKU1U-hnM9ho-hnMrwH-hgKYrY-hnMzUf

A very sad pic here…

lauharrington
lauharrington on October 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

.uk as my email address above doesn’t show!

lauharrington
lauharrington on October 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

Hi, I am directing documentary surrounding the original cinemas in Liverpool. As most of these once thriving buildings have been left to decay I am hoping to tell there stories through the people who remember them. If you would like to contribute towards my documentary (“The Dream Factory”) please email me L.HarringtonCineplex Odeon Winston Churchill 24.ljmu.ac.uk Thank you for reading, let’s tell their story. Laura

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on November 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

Hi Picturedrome, Iv'e finally managed to get my photo on site, thanks to Dr Beryl my niece. Please click on the photos tabs.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

@ Picturedrome You info is correct… My Knowledge comes from 40 years waged in the business… Plus knowledge from my family, who had interests in their own theatres plus other chains. I am currently working on correcting Cinema and Theatre Myths..

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on September 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

If anybody needs correcting, it’s the late Harold Ackroyd. I soon learned not to repeat anything he said unless I could find the original source. The operating company at the year ending 31 December 1957 was the “Futurist (Liverpool) Ltd”. Alderman Alfred Levy was the Managing Director. By March 1960 it was an ABC house.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Correction Time. 20th Century did not take over the Theatres. There was an agreement as in THX to-day.. When Cinemascope and 4 Track came out Rank would not spend the money on the instulation… So Fox went to the leading Independant in the City or Town and gave them the release if the owners spent the money on the needed alterations We did the same in Walsall (Empire) (Clifton) Wolverhampton.. Regal Leamington.. and a few others in our chain.. The Futurist and Scalas in Both Liverpool and Birmingham was controled by Alderman Levy… Liverpool Theatres sold to ABC Birmingham much laters was sold to Shipman and King which at the time ws owned by Lew Grade…

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on June 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Hi, Eric. Your link doesn’t work for me. I live in Liverpool and know what you mean. It looks in a very sorry state, approaching its Centenary.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on June 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Took this photo last week, looks in pretty bad shape now http://www.flickr.com/photos/58677517@N03/5867346800/in/photostream/

ABCEngineer
ABCEngineer on June 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

If it is of interest it was my good self whom supervised the 70mm installation. I recently found an old list of mine which shows an 80ft throw to a 36'6'‘x16’ Todd screen. (Same as Deansgate, Manchester but they had a 73' throw.) The Peerless did run a larger carbon at about 70A to allow for the 70mm frame size IIRC. I have fond memories of this theatre due to the hospitality of the staff when they even referred to me as ‘their lad’ what with being a Londoner. Famous for people ducking and hitting their heads on the seat in front when the Surrey went under the trees in the film mentioned.

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on September 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm

The original name has just been revealed following the removal of the neon Futurist sign:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

The Futurist & Scala Cinemas can be seen in these past & current photos of Lime Street:
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A November 2008 view, from the other direction:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 31, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ken Roe added the Scala in reply to your request

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laurajade18
laurajade18 on March 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

anyone have any info on the scala cinema which was next door?

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I see this great looking facade and I’m reminded of the glorious Carlton Cinema, Swansea.

Davell
Davell on May 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

The Futurist Liverpool was originally equipped with Kalee projection equipment and Ashcraft carbon arcs. Later, when the little cinema started to show 70mm films with the fantastic six track magnetic sound, it was Philips DP70 machines doing the business. Most DP70 set-ups had the Mole Richardson carbon arc delivering the illumination. Because the Futurist was a small hall, Peerless Magnarc was used instead. For many years the chief projectionist was a Mr Eric Norgate, he was there at the time of closure. He retired several years ago, his last cinema being the six screen multiplex in Chester. I remember going to the Futurist on numerous occasions to watch such films as Paint Your Wagon, The Great Race and Ryan’s Daughter.The once respendant cinema now looks in a very sorry state.

douggie
douggie on September 3, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Chelle28 please email me as I used to work there

douggie
douggie on September 3, 2007 at 3:11 pm

The fire people hold plans for safety reasons

chelle28
chelle28 on September 3, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Thats great, i tried the council but they dont seem to have anything, do you know the full address of the cinema? Also i could try the fire brigade, do you think they would actually have plans for the building or why they would hold plans at all?

douggie
douggie on September 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Try the council or the fire brigade in Liverpool as they should have plans

chelle28
chelle28 on September 3, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Hi there,
I am an interior architect student, looking to propse new developments for the futurist cinema. If anyone knows where i could obtain plans for the building it would be very helpful. Any information is appreciated. Thanks

DrMrEcho
DrMrEcho on February 25, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Liverpool desperately needs a Beatles theatre for putting on shows,talks and films for the 1000’s of tourists who visit each year. Either the Forum or the Futurist seem like a no brainer to fulfill such a role. Why then are they in this state?!?

douggie
douggie on January 3, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Just reread the last post from in70mm – the DP70 was taken to the ABC Forum across the road as that did not have 70mm facilities at the time of the triple refurb.
I will contact in70mm.com and let them know.